What to Do When Your Young Child Takes Something That Isn’t Theirs

I have a memory from when I was a kid about being in the grocery store with my mom. We checking out and paying for our food at the register, and something caught my eye. I was really young so it obviously wasn’t The National Enquirer or some other idiotic tabloid, but it was a candy bar. It was a king size Snickers if you really must know. Anyway, I didn’t know any better so I took the Snickers and put it into my pocket. Of course, when we got to the car my mom found out and made me go back inside to give it back. A lesson was learned though, you can’t take things that don’t belong to you. Especially if those things are ones you have to pay for. I never did anything like that again.

I thought of this story because of a recent post I read asking for advice for when a 5 year old steals. It reminded me of the story I just told. After the way my mom reacted when I showed her the candy bar I took, I realized it was bad so I was upset. Having to return into the store and put the candy bar back was enough of a punishment for me to never do that again.

Learning to Forgive Others and Yourself

I read a very inspiring post today about forgiveness and its importance to many aspects of life. The post was featured on a site called Rediscovering Catholicism and is titled, “Forgiving Yourself and Others”. The author starts off by talking of how we must forgive others as God forgives us. This means fully and entirely without holding any grudges or dwelling on what happened. This is difficult to do and a struggle in itself, however it is not where forgiveness ends. We must be able to forgive ourselves for what we have done wrong. This might sound silly, but a lot of people have a hard time letting go and moving on when they have done wrong.

Nobody is a lost cause because God is always willing to forgive your sins. It might be hard to forgive a friend, family member, or yourself for wrongs you have done in your life. This is something we must all learn to accomplish though. Mistakes will be made along the way, but that is not a problem. God will always forgive you.

Taking Good Advice (From Yourself): A Life Lesson

“Do as I say, not as I do”, is a saying everybody has heard throughout their life. Following your own good advice can be a really hard thing to do. It is easy to give advice to other people, but when it comes to helping yourself it is a lot harder to actually do something about it.

Recently on Catholic Mom, Theresa Ceniccola blogged about How to Follow your Own Advice. Theresa gave some pretty insightful tips on how to accomplish this difficult task. Theresa suggests creating a catchy mantra that you can repeat to yourself and make a part of your every day life. If your advice is working for other people there is no reason it won’t work for you if you just give it a chance. Another tip that I personally liked was writing down what you need to accomplish. If you write down the advice you should be taking it might help you if you are a visual person like I am. Finding a friend or family member to hold you accountable if you are not taking your own advice is also a smart way to enforce behavior.

Taking your own advice might not come naturally to you if you have been avoiding doing it for your entire life. However, if you know that you’re giving people good advice then you need to start taking it yourself.